The Bookhabit Pyramid Scheme


I know quite a few of my regular readers are aspiring writers and as such, are writing or have written books of their own. In light of this, I think a few of you may find Dee’s post on Bookhabit and its ‘financial model’ interesting. Specifically this excerpt:

Bookhabit’s author pay-out model is deliberately structured to keep most of those royalties within the site itself. When signing up, you the author agrees that Bookhabit doesn’t have to pay you until you’ve earned a stored total of $50 in revenue. [..] Bookhabit, in fact, encourages its authors to use their pre-$50 revenue to buy other books from the site. In other words, the whole place is essentially set up like one big pyramid scheme with Bookhabit itself the only one ever really making any money.

Hopefully you’ll be able to use the post, and the comments in response to it, to figure out if it’s somewhere you’d like your own book(s) promoted/sold.

Jem Turner +44(0)7521056376

17 comments so far

  1. Amelie said:
    On May 27, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Pssst, “the bookhabit and it is ‘financial model'”? ;)

  2. Chans said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Interesting, I think a lot of people will like the idea of a site that sells your books (or promotes them) because it’s so hard to find a publisher interested enough to do it. But if you take a closer look, it might just be not such a good idea…

  3. Jem said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 8:06 am

    stfu Amelie :p

  4. Stephanie said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I guess it depends on how badly you want to get your stuff out there. If you really, really want your stuff out in the public, and don’t care that you’ll be making essentially nothing and the only way you’ll [[probably, haven’t read the full agreement]] ever get rights to your work back is through a very very good lawyer… then hey, I guess it’s for you. As ridiculous as it may seem, some people are so hellbent on getting themselves out there they’d do just about anything. The same thing happens to new artists in the music business. It’s ridiculous.

    And completely unrelated, and I’m probably the only one who doesn’t know this already, but I was so unaware that the comment box could be made bigger by dragging the lower right-hand corner. Must be a wordpress thing. Awesome.

  5. Jem said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    @Stephanie: I’m thinking more likely a browser or extension thing because I can’t do that? o.O What are you running?

  6. Amelie said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    ^ It’s a Safari thing ;)

  7. Jem said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Feckin’ mac users, get off with ya! Littering up my blog..

  8. Stephanie said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I forget about you silly Windows users, sorry :)

  9. Stephanie said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    And would you really turn out me from your blog? An old friend? Aw.

  10. Jem said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Don’t be silly, you’re one of my top commenters :p

  11. Stephanie said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    That’s because I’ve known you/of you since like the beginning of time, haha.

  12. Jem said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Yeah, you’re like a loyal dog. Somewhat smelly, possibly quite hairy, but otherwise nice enough. ;)

  13. Julie said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Regarding textareas, you can also use extensions for Firefox. I have it and I’m in love with it. *resizes textareas all over Jem’s site*

    So, Jem, when are you publishing a novel? :P

  14. Jem said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    I’m not publishing anything, it’s hard enough coming up with crap content for my blog!

  15. Stephanie said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    I don’t smell bad! Last I checked, people can’t smell across the pond.

  16. Vixx said:
    On May 28, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Let me finish my book before I get excited at the thought of publishing it. :)

    V xx

  17. Cel said:
    On May 30, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Yes, because we teenagers are searching out possibilities for publication every day.

    …actually, we are. Or me, at least. Me. Thanks, Jem.